It's taken a century to realize the ideas of Utah State Capitol architect Richard K.A. Kletting. Completed in 1916, Kletting's plans incorporated many modern materials of the time including reinforced concrete, indoor lighting and the use of elevators. Kletting's design won the competition, yet the full design of the capitol and the surrounding areas was never fully realized partially due to the state's financial restrictions.
Today we can see the full design in the modern restoration. The centerpiece of the Capitol restoration project was a seismic upgrade. The project consisted of the installation of 265 base isolators, each weighing 5,000 pounds. The isolators can deform allowing the building and ground to move independently of each other - up to 24 inches in each direction. The installation of the isolators took approximately two years.
Other significant renovations to the Capitol during this project are the installation and renovation of sculptures, murals and other pieces of art in the capitol. There are over 90 pieces of art on display now that were not before the project started.
To complete Kletting's visionary plan, the grounds of Capitol Hill have been renovated and buildings have been added such as the oval walkway around the Capitol complex. Two office buildings were built to flank the Capitol and State office Building and as a result a space was created for a square plaza. This plaza was the final piece to Kletting's plan.
Realizing Kletting's plans for Capitol Hill and making the historic State Capitol a safer and more beautiful place gives the People's House its historic magnificence, which it what the people deserve in its finest public building.